Language Multilingual

Launched 2004
Closed Since April 2015 redirects too

Developer Vivisimo, Inc.

Country of Origin US America

2004 - 2010 Vivisimo, Inc.
2010 - 2015 Yippy, Inc.

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Meta SeEn
Clustering SeEn

Used SeEn Bing
Ask Jeeves / Ask SeEn
Open Directory Project
MSN Search

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»Clusty is a meta search engine, meaning it combines results from a variety of different sources. However, Clusty adds a bit of extra search engine goodness in the mix by giving you clustered results. Meta Search Clusters Here is a good explanation of clustered results About Clusty page: "Clusty uses our award-winning Clustering Engine to organize search results into folders grouping similar items together. Thus a search for ‘pearl’ organizes the top 250-500 results into subject folders such as Jewelry, Pearl Harbor, Pearl Jam, Steinbeck Novel and Daniel Pearl. Clusty allows users to focus on the area of interest without all the chaff." [...] Source

Sherman, Chris (Mar 22, 2005): »Clusty, from Vivisimo, presents both standard web search results and Vivisimo's dynamic clusters that automatically categorize results. Clusty allows you to use Vivisimo's dynamic clustering technology on ten different types of web content including material from the web, image, weblog and shopping databases. You can access each type of search by simply clicking a tab directly above the search box.« Source


The name may be choosen, because it´s a clustering engine,that means the results are clustered into topics.

Critical points

Features & Functionality

»Clusty offers several different categories of search; initial search categories include News, Web, Images, and Gossip (Gossip? No, not ‘blogs; news stuff like Rolling Stone.) A Customize! tab gives you the option to add eBay, Slashdot, or Blogs search tabs — why not just list all that stuff by default? You can also create your own search tabs (which didn’t work in Opera but worked okay in Mozilla); you’re given a list of available search engines and you can check which ones you want to include in your custom tab. Nice to see resources like Gigablast and Librarian’s Index to the Internet included here. I did a Web search for roses. Sponsored results are at the top, while regular results are underneath. Clustered topics are on the left — in this case the topics included flowers, pictures, reviews, and antiques. In the case where the query is relevant (in this case it is) there’s also a list of shopping topics. Each search result has an option to group into a cluster, open the result in a new page, or preview the result in a window underneath the listing. The news search has topic clusters at the top of the page, but it’s not clear that they’re related to your search results. (there are still a list of clustered topics on the left of the page.) Beneath the clustered news stories are ungrouped stories. The advanced search for each tab lets you choose the sources in which you’re searching, specify how many results you want to cluster, and change timeout and filtering options. [...]« Source


»Clusty has released Shakespeare Searched which is designed to provide quick access to the works of the Bard. It's not designed as a replacement for, or access to the full text of his work, but as a quick reference resource. The concept is that it can be used to identify who made a specific speech, which work contains which quotes or even individual words, and also helps draw out specific themes in individual works or across the entire corpus. It doesn't provide analysis or commentary, just direct access to the text via Vivisimo. Consequently it's useful for teachers who can use it to create lesson plans, and it's helpful for students not only as a quick reference guide but also, because of the clustering aspect, as a means of suggesting ideas for topic papers. As you would expect, the strength of the resource is in the underlying approach that Clusty uses to return results. A search for 'isle' for example returns 39 results. The main body of the screen provides access to the text in which the keyword or phrase is used, the play/act/scene that it is from, and the speaking character. There is an option to additionally display surrounding text, but this is usually limited to the previous line of text from the last character to speak. However, since the surrounding text is already quite generous this isn't too much of an issue. The real power of the resource however lies in the clustering. Again, to use my 'isle' search topics such as King, God, and Warlike Isle are displayed. Clicking on the latter of these the searcher is rewarded with 3 results that put that phrase into context. Somewhat disappointingly the results do not appear to be returned in any obvious fashion, as we get a reference to Othello Act 2 Scene 3, then Henry VI Part 2 Act 1 Scene 1 and then back to Othello Act 2 Scene 1. This leads to a rather confusing display and slightly mitigates against its value as a quick reference tool. [...]« Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Vivisimo Launches New Clusty Search Engine URL:
Wendy Boswell: Clusty: Search More of the Web with Clusty, a Meta Search Engine URL:
Phil Bradley (2006): Shakespeare Searched By Clusty URL:
Peter Smith (2007): Do Alternative Search Engines Measure Up? In: Computerworld URL:
Metamend: Clusty Search Engine Marketing URL:

Created: 2013-01-15